The plexi glass top slides off so you can get to the insides.
I started by pulling out some Christmas bits to see what spoke to me. I ended up going with a pink theme, rather than traditional reds and greens. With my major inside pieces picked out I grabbed my paints.
A very light wash of pink went on the entire box. I started very light and went back in to make it a stronger paint finish, not just a wash. Once I had the entire piece painted I went back and flecked the box with the off white. I also used Tim Holtz's distress paints in Brushed Pewter and Tarnished Brass.
Now it was time to layer up the inside. I pulled pages out of an old dictionary and glued them down with Matte Gel.
Once they were glued down and dry I did a wash of the off white paint just so the words weren't so prominent.
Flecked the paint inside too.
Now to make it pretty. I just love bottle brush trees and plastic ballerina cake toppers.
I dyed the trees pink using Distress Stains in Pickled Raspberry and Worn Lipstick. I watered the stain down a bit and then just dipped the trees in until they were a color I liked. Then I got out my mercury glass beads and pearls to decorate.
The ballerinas are cute, but I wanted them to be a bit fancy for the shadowbox. I grabbed my sari silk and dyed that to match the pastel colors.
Worn lipstick and antique linen made the pink silk. Broken China and a touch of Peacock Feathers made the blue. I just wet the silk using my spritzer and ran it through the colors that I had smudged on the craft sheet. I dried them with my heat gun.
Fancy party dresses.
Now I just had to put everything in the box.
I had some of these vintage houses that used to be part of a light set. I put some mica snow on the roof and the base. The ballerinas got glittery crowns and shoes. The background also got some Christmas remnant rubs. I just tossed them in there randomly. Once I was done I realized I made it too fat for the plexi glass top to slide back in! Now I have a piece of plexi glass for another project.
I added one more ballerina to balance things out.
I got the Merry Christmas tag in the dollar bin at Michael's. The star pin is jammed into the wood and holding up the tag.
I think this will make a lovely addition to my Christmas decor. I can't wait to pull it all out.
Have you been by The Robin's Nest? They have a great store and fun blog too. Great tutorials.
What have you been crafting?